Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-up Premium

What is catch-up funding?

The ‘catch-up’ premium was formally launched in March 2013 as part of the government’s commitment to providing additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who failed to reach NC Level 4 in English and/or Maths during Key Stage 2.

The initiative involves secondary schools receiving an additional premium of £500 for each ‘catch-up’ pupil. The money is to be used by schools to deliver intensive literacy and/or numeracy support with the aim of bringing ‘catch-up’ pupils up to speed and thus increasing their chances of succeeding at secondary school. The funding is not ring-fenced, allowing schools to use the premium to finance literacy and numeracy schemes which reflect the needs of their students.

Catch-up premium in 2016-17
Last year, 26 students were identified as meeting the criteria for catch-up funding (£10,500) how we spent this money is detailed below.

How we spent the catch-up funding


Cost in £

Summer school


Accelerated Reader – literacy package


Books and resources


Individual/Small group interventions


The impact of the above activities is currently under review and full details will be published shortly, including improvements in reading ages and attainment in mathematics.

Plan for catch-up premium 2017-2018: A full strategy document will be uploaded shortly, detailing planned expenditure for projected funding (£15000). Below is a summary of our planned interventions in addition to the above.

Literacy/numeracy: We work closely with our feeder Primary schools, to run targeted interventions aimed at year 6 students and their families these include;

Reading for success programme:  One session a week aimed at students and their parents, to come and read together and be supported to help their child with their reading, this project will run with KS3 students as well as Year 6.

Weekly additional maths lessons: Aimed at Year 6 students from our feeder primary schools these are to be delivered from 3-4pm each week and are designed to support students who need intervention with their numeracy work.